When you are injured in a Miami car accident, you could be seriously injured. Hospitalization may be the best route to ensure you receive essential treatment and can get on the way to recovery as soon as possible. Of course, you probably realize that the costs involved with a hospital stay can be considerable. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, Floridians pay almost $1,700 per day at a for-profit facility, while expenses at a nonprofit hospital could reach up to $2,300. By the end of your hospitalization, you could incur an astronomical amount for costs – which typically does NOT include separate bills from various health care providers.
Fortunately, you may be able to recover hospital costs after a motor vehicle crash, as well as other amounts for medical care and related losses. Your Miami car accidents attorney can explain how damages work and what you can obtain through the legal process, but some answers to common questions may also be informative.
Can I Recover Costs for Treatment at an Urgent Care Center?
Hospitalization is not the only medical expense covered by Florida vehicle collision laws. You can recover compensation for any care that was reasonable and necessary to treat your injuries, so it is possible to recoup costs for an urgent care facility visit or a visit to your primary care physician.
What About Expenses Related to Surgery, Specialist care, and Other Medical Care?
You can obtain amounts for these costs as well, whether you received treatment while hospitalized or after release. In fact, the issue of specialty care will not arise until you have stabilized from the initial trauma of the accident. You may incur medical expenses throughout your recovery, so you may be entitled to monetary damages for:
- Pain medications;
- X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and other screenings;
- Physical and rehabilitative therapy;
- Outpatient procedures; and,
- Many other medical services.
How Do I Obtain Monetary Damages After a Miami Car Accident?
When you are seriously injured in an auto collision, you are not required to seek coverage under your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance policy. Instead, you file a third party claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Even when you think you have sufficient proof regarding liability and your medical costs, you may encounter challenges when trying to negotiate a fair settlement.
Will I Need to Go to Court to Recover Compensation?
If you cannot obtain reasonable compensation from the insurer, the next step in the legal process is filing a lawsuit in court. Your attorney will handle all legal tasks, but it is possible that you will need to appear for a deposition and go to court when the trial date comes.
Get More Answers From a Miami Car Accidents Lawyer
If you would like additional information on hospitalization costs and other medical expenses after an auto collision, please contact Gerson & Schwartz, PA to set up a free consultation with a member of our team. We can meet with you at our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL to discuss your rights and remedies.